01.22.2018

Technology For Blogging



Hey Y’all! Happy Monday. I have been getting more and more questions about blogging lately so I thought I would start doing some blog posts about what goes on behind the scenes. Not many bloggers talk about it because it is just part of the job but as someone who wants to start their own business you have to wear many many hats. One being tech savvy. This blog post we are going to look at a couple different technology tools I use to help make this little space run. So without further ado let’s get started:)

Adobe Photoshop:

First up is by far the most used tool in the world of technology for blogging is Adobe Photoshop! This is where I have actions to create better lighting and pull out colors that the camera is not able to capture. I bought a Photoshop package from my favorite DFW photographer, Angie Garcia, which you can find them all HERE for purchase.

I can honestly say this package was a major game changer for my pictures. My boyfriend takes all my pictures and sometimes the quality isn’t always the highest due to change in lighting or moving objects. It also cuts your editing time in half which is the longest part of the whole blogging process in my opinion.

Besides Angie’s photoshop package which she provides videos on how to use, I run to Youtube to help me with anything Photoshop. If I need to remove an object or I want to create a moving object, there are tons of videos on how to do things. Such a powerful piece of technology!

Adobe Bridge:

Up next is a fairly new piece of technology to me so I am not sure of everything it can do just yet but I have found Adobe Bridge to be really helpful! What I am using it for right now is after I dumb all my photos off my camera to my computer, I take Adobe Bridge and sort through them to begin to editing process on only the photos I want to put on the blog. (I usually select 10 pictures to go on the blog)

To get to “Camera Raw” which is where I add in Exposure, Contrast, Highlights, etc. I right click on the picture and then select “Open in Camera Raw”. After I am done changing the lighting I then select “Done” and then it takes the picture automatically into Photoshop to start using the action package I have from Angie.

Google Sheets:

Google Sheets is technology I use to stay organized and plan out all my blog content. The best part is it can be viewed wherever you are and it’s not tied to one device. I have 4 different computers I use so transferring files gets complicated but I use Google Sheets to keep everything in one easy, reachable location.

I set it up every month and it normally ends up changing some but it’s easier than trying to white out a calendar. I created dropdown’s for easy fill in’s and to keep everything easy to analyze later. The whole piece of technology is really user friendly and can be shared across people to help collaborate as well.

Google Analytics:

Out of all the technology tools I use this is probably the coolest! Maybe thats because I have a very analytical mind or because everything runs real time which is so awesome!!! Google Analytics lets you see all your demographics for your website along with when people are on your website and where they are coming in from or leaving your website. If your starting a blog or have one this is a must to have. Everyone will ask you for your insights and you will want to know them so you can know where to move your blog.

I highly recommend going through the Google Analytics Academy if you want to use this tool. It’s not hard but teaches you so much about reading your insights to adjust your business. I might do a full blog post over this!

I really hope this was really helpful for some of you:) I know it wasn’t fashion or beauty related but I thought I would be fun to share a little behind the scenes of this blog. If you have any questions about any of this or other technology let me know! There are so many tools out there which I have tried a lot but these are my everyday use.

01.17.2018

Being Balanced

Lululemon Top // Lululemon Leggings // Nike Tennis Shoes // Apple Watch // Wireless Beats

When I sat down to initially write this post I wanted to bring you some profound life balance trick that I had found to juggling everything! But here we are still struggling between working a full time job, going to school full time, running this blog during the nights and somehow finding time to be healthy. So what is the point in writing this blog post you might ask?

I love the idea of sharing and talking through things that everyone struggles with! Who manages to balance life? Unless you have 3 assistants, a hair and make up team and 15 different calendars I don’t see how this could possibly be achieved. But the great thing about this online community is that we have the opportunity to share what our experiences are, allowing for feedback about what others have found to work.

For me, it’s all about knowing myself. I know I can get up at 5 am and work until midnight during the week as long as I know I will have plenty of rest on the weekends. I have to work out at least 3 times a week or else my energy level sinks quickly throughout the week. When my energy is low I get grumpy and I don’t have the same level of passion about my work. I have to write down a to-do list every single morning to make sure I am on track to completing tasks.

Besides knowing things about myself and how I live my daily routine, taking time to step back from everything at least once a week gives me the balance that I need. The way I step back from this crazy schedule I live is by working out mentally and physically. I unplug and plug in my headphones and put my phone away. I find this hour or even 30 minutes without being go go go helps me be balanced. While traveling in Hawaii we went to a lot of places that did not have phone service. It was during those times that I found the most peace in myself. Which inspired me to bring this topic to the blog to discuss.

Everyone of you live busy lives so I would love to hear how you “Be Balanced” with your schedule? Do you find yourself running to the nail salon once a week? Is it sitting watching Netflix’s? Cooking dinner at night? While working out is my go to since it forces me to put my phone away and releases endorphin’s, I also would love to find other ways to balance out my life. So please feel free to share in the comments as I would love to have a discussion more about how we can support one another through this crazy thing called life:)

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01.16.2018

Colors Of Neutral

Jacket: SheIn // Turtleneck: Halogen // Jeans: Levi’s // Pumps: Steve Madden // Belt: Ann Taylor // Bag: Kate Spade // Earrings: Kendra Scott

We are back today with a fun all things neutral look for the winter/spring! There is such an awkward phase between New Years and the start of spring, where no one knows what exactly to wear or style. Do you still wear colors from Christmas? Or do you start bringing in spring colors? I have found colors of neutral to be my answer to this question. Neutrals are my go to when I am grabbing basic pieces like this turtleneck top or a long jacket. They tend to go with most anything so I find lately that is what I have been gravitating towards.

It has been so chilly here in Dallas during the morning and then halfway through the day it hits almost 60 degrees… dressing for this weather is super hard! I have had this neutral jacket tucked in my car for the past couple weeks as my go to for chilly mornings. It is from SheIn and is a great price too! I don’t love to spend tons of money on jackets that only last me a couple weeks here in Dallas.

On another note, who else is ready for spring?? I have been searching around for what will be the newest trend for spring of 2018 and I can not wait to share all the goodies I have found:) (Unfortunately, it is way to cold to be styling them now) Hopefully by the end of next month we will have some warmer whether!

Thank you for stopping by my little place:)

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